If you play basketball, either recreationally or competitively as part of a high school, college or semi-professional league, you already know the importance of a properly fitting basketball shoe, one that will cradle your feet and protect them as you make your way up and down the court.
In the following article we have reviewed several of the most popular and well-loved basketball shoes currently on the market that are a good choice for wide feet, and discussed the various advantages and drawbacks associated with each brand and style. We have also included a Basketball Shoes Buying Guide, in which we will outline and explain the abundance of features and characteristics you should consider prior to purchasing your next pair of basketball-specific sneakers.
Our Picks: Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet (2018 – 2019)
- adidas Men’s Cloudfoam Ilation Mid Basketball Shoes
- adidas Men’s Crazy Explosive 2017
- Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe
- NIKE Men’s Hyperdunk 2016 TB Basketball Shoes
- adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe
Basketball Shoes Buying Guide
When you set out to buy the perfect pair of basketball shoes there are many factors, features and characteristics you will need to consider. To help you find the ideal pair for your specific requirements and preferences, below we have covered some of these very important considerations.
What Type of Player Are You?
Believe it or not, the perfect basketball shoe for you will depend a lot on the type of player you are. If you are a power player, for instance, someone who is regularly down in the trenches battling for position, you should consider a basketball shoe that offers the very best in stability and cushioning—the type of shoe that will help your feet withstand the punishment they can take under and around the rim.
If you are a fast player, perhaps a point guard or shooting guard who is constantly running up and down the court to try and get your team an advantage, your best bet is a basketball shoe that is lighter in weight. Of course, you will also want to have moderate support, cushioning and a lot of flexibility—the type of shoe that will allow you to remain light on your feet.
Finally, if you are more of an all-around player, trading shots and blows from all over the court, you will need shoes with moderate to heavy ankle support and cushioning—a basketball shoe that will allow you to captain your team at both ends of the court.
Basketball is a fast game, perhaps one of the fastest games ever invented. It involves a lot of stopping and starting, plenty of cutting and slashing, and turning on a dime. Because of the manner in which basketball is played, you will need a basketball shoe that offers a lot of traction on the court. The last thing you want is to get called for traveling every time down because your shoes won’t stay put on the court.
While traction may be of the utmost importance when looking for a basketball shoe, flexibility is a close second. With a high-traction shoe, you will want an upper that moves with you and gives your feet and ankles full range of motion. Shoes that are very rigid in nature may have a lot of traction, but because they are not flexible you may be setting yourself up for injury.
In addition to being a very fast sport, basketball is also a sport that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time. As such, you are going to want a shoe with lots of cushion and padding that will help you absorb the pounding your feet will certainly take. Remember that cushioning does not just refer to the sole of the shoe. You will also want a cushioned upper that will keep your ankles feeling fresh throughout the game.
You may think you know your shoe size, but the fact of the matter is this: different shoes, even those that are the same size, are going to fit your feet differently. Never, ever buy a pair of basketball shoes without trying them on first. A well-fitting basketball shoe should not only be the perfect size lengthwise, but also in the width. There are many manufacturers who sell basketball shoes in extra wide sizes if you need it. In other words, you so not have to settle for an ill-fitting shoe just because the size happens to be what you wear.
For best results, always look for a shoe with a broad toe box, a box that gives your toes some breathing room. If your shoes are too shallow in nature, it can cause pressure that leads to blisters and other ailments.
A well-fitting shoe is also one that will allow you to put one thumb between your ankle and the inside of the shoe when they are fully laced, no more and no less.
As we mentioned briefly in the first section, support in a basketball shoe is critical. Whether you are a power player or a guard, you need a shoe that will support your feet and ankles and keep them protected. This is why most basketball shoes are high-tops, as this larger upper helps to cradle the ankle while also allowing it to move freely to avoid injury.
Finally, there is the style of the shoe. Of course, you want to purchase a basketball shoe that makes you look and feel like a star when you are on the court, and the manufacturers of these shoes know this all too well. However, you should never sacrifice, support, fit, traction or flexibility for style. Even if you find the best-looking shoe possible in your price range, it is going to do you no favors if it does not offer these qualities. In fact, it may even get you hurt. If style is VERY important to you, you may want to buy two pairs of shoes instead of one—a pair you wear on the court for traction, flexibility and so on; and a pair you wear socially as part of your cool overall wardrobe.
Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe
The third signature model brought forth by superstar Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, the Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe is a mesh shoe that delivers both support and control in a lightweight package. The shoes are crafted with a synthetic Threadborne upper; and they feature a carbon fiber shank for extra stability, The charged cushioning technology of the shoe makes for great shock absorption on the court, and a rubber outsole has a multidirectional traction pattern.
- Lightweight. The mesh-based Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe is very lightweight.
- Stable. The carbon fiber shank in this shoe leads to extra stability on the court.
- Shock absorbent. The Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe absorbs shocks better than other shoes in this class.
- Can be slick. Made with speed in mind, the Under Armour Men’s Curry 3Zero Basketball Shoe can be very slick when the court is damp.
Nike Men’s Hyperdunk 2016 Basketball Shoe
The Nike Men’s Hyperdunk 2016 Basketball Shoe is a classic looking shoe that comes in many different colors and patterns, including black and white. A great option for all types of players, the shoe features a traction pattern that is made for durability and stopping power. The Hyperdunk 2016 is made with Zoom Air cushion technology, which offers both support and stability; and the responsiveness in stop-and-go situations is some of the best Nike has turned out.
- Durable. The sturdy traction pattern on the Hyperdunk 2016 makes them very durable and reliable.
- All-around shoe. The Hyperdunk is perfect for both fast and power players.
- Cushioned. The air-cushioned technology in the Hyperdunk 2016 is made with Zoom Air cushion technology that makes you feel as if you are walking on air.
- Heel slippage. According to some reviewers, there can be occasional heel slippage with the Hyperdunk 2016, which could lead to blisters.
Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe
The Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe is a fabric-based shoe with a tough and durable rubber sole that offers plenty of traction on the court. The mid-top shoes are Techfit engineered for natural, flexible support, and their contouring design gives them a seamless fit. The Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe has a padded collar for extra comfort; and four zones of flex for increased stability and motion. The patented Puremotion construction of the shoes mimics the natural motion of the bare foot for traction, flex and speed, and the Sprintframe design adds extra speed through a lightweight and very supportive chassis.
- Natural. The design of the Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe is based on the natural motion of the bare foot.
- Great for speed. Ideal for guards and constantly moving players, the shoes has a patented sprint frame construction.
- Padded collar. The padded collar makes the Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe very comfy both on and off the court.
- Not a lot of ankle support. The mid-top design of the Adidas Men’s Dame 3 Basketball Shoe does not provide as much ankle support as a high-top shoe.